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Sep 14, 2009 11:30 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Schneiderman, Guldi face off on Tuesday

Sep 14, 2009 11:30 AM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who already has the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families party nominations, will face the only potential roadblock to his fourth two-year term when he squares off in a primary election on Tuesday, September 15, against the man who once held his seat.

George O. Guldi, the former Democratic legislator, whom Mr. Schneiderman ousted in 2003, decided to mount the primary challenge for the legislative seat despite being indicted this summer on more than 100 criminal charges stemming from an alleged $82 million mortgage fraud scheme. Mr. Guldi pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include grand larceny, conspiracy, money laundering, forgery and insurance fraud, during his arraignment in August.

Only registered Democrats in the 2nd Legislative District, which covers all of East Hampton and Southampton towns and southeastern Brookhaven Town, are eligible to vote in the primary.

There will also be a primary in East Hampton Town for Conservative Party voters, in which incumbent Town Justice Catherine Cahill will try to wrest the Conservative nomination from Andy Hammer.

Justice Cahill has been a town justice for 16 years and has been endorsed by the Democrats and the Working Families parties.

Mr. Hammer, an attorney in private practice in Montauk who formerly served as an assistant town attorney, has been endorsed by the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15.

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Let's get the facts straight here, shall we?
This story reported George Guldi "... decided to mount the primary challenge for the legislative seat despite being indicted this summer..."
Guldi announced to Democratic town leadership his intention to run in SEPTEMBER 2008. He was warned not to run in September and again in DECEMBER 2008, when he reaffirmed his intention to run to county Dem leadership.
His office was raided in FEBRUARY 2009, he was arrested in MARCH 2009, and indicted ...more
By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Sep 11, 09 7:04 AM
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Mr. Shaw, you forgot your disclaimer on this blog--don't worry I'll help you out.

"Please refrain from making inappropriate comments, including comments that focus on details of the criminal case, which is still pending."

There you go. Now your policy is balanced.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 11, 09 12:14 PM
I'm not a huge fan of Jay's but my dear Sicilian you can't be serious. I guess if Marion Barry was elected after being caught on camera smoking crack why not Guildi. He is facing over 100 criminal charges including counts for grand larceny, and money laundering. He should fit right in with the crooks. Only in America. Is it just me or does he look like a tick.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 11, 09 3:23 PM
Odd but true sicilian, I'd have to side with you.. and say im curious to what cool new thing George has to show off.. to the public. Like many years ago he opened a can of worms by showing how crooked others were. So i'd have to agree with sicilian this is the crooked way of the gov peeps trying to shut us up. And I always thought those hollywood movies were fake.. har har
“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation ...more
By nyredwine (4), southampton on Sep 12, 09 7:03 PM
To be honest, nyredwine, that's why I'm so eager to see Guldi back in the horseshoe - remember when he broke the car-leasing scandal back during the Gaffney administration? And how the judge in the LILCO case admitted in open court to getting a call from some high-ranking pol (I think it may have been the governor) just prior to ruling against Sabatino (then counsel to the leg)? To me, those are two fine examples of the kind of ballsy work Guldi produced not just for his district, but for ALL Suffolk ...more
By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Sep 12, 09 8:54 PM
The only way this guy gets elected is if The entire county has gone clinically insane. You guys like him because he broke up scandals? He is a scandal unto himself.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 13, 09 8:50 AM
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razza, I see you don't believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty, do you?
I actually think it was a brilliant strategy, because everyone is focusing on the charges (which will prove baseless 3 years and a whole lot of money in legal fee from now), instead of the fact that Guldi fought and won many a skirmish in preserving open space in his district and across the county; kept a watchful eye on spending and prevented much waste, fraud and abuse by his tireless work as on the Way ...more
By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Sep 14, 09 6:29 AM
Oneseriuos. with all due respect this guy doesnt stand a prayer. If he beats out Jay I would be totally shocked and I guess I'd have to eat my words. Whether he is found innocent of ALL 100 counts or not it doesnt matter. You can not run with that hanging over your head. If he wins it will be like the giants beating the Patriots in the super bowl..oops they did win didnt they
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 14, 09 10:10 AM
If he wins it will be the negative campaigning biting Schneiderman and the party bosses in their respective butts, coupled with the fact that people don't like to see a smear campaign against a good man. I have no illusions, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hehe, imagine the slew of resignations and people who suddenly decide not to run for re-election if Guldi squeaks through the Primary.
By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Sep 14, 09 11:44 PM